Liking and disliking something is an interesting process. You see a small green veggie steaming in font of you in a plate. It looks like a cabbage, but smaller, smells nothing like it. You don't know if you should eat it than you try it and suddenly all that flavour of that succulent little thing burst in your mouth and you suddenly realise that you have no idea why you did not try it before and that you will never be able to live without it. Than something funny happens... you get the same veggie with a dressing in a different form in a fancy "molecular restaurant" and suddenly you feel puzzled.
Well, if you haven't guessed I like Brussels sprouts. :) Jokes aside, the analogy I was trying to display above is that somehow my enthusiasm did not find it's place with the ninth episode of Picard. Somehow I did not get the vibe, the story was a bit flat and the surprises were, well... weren't really surprising or believable for me. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed this quite a lot, but this episode was so far the first one that I had trouble digesting. Flowers taking down the La Sirena and a Borg Cube is one thing - I kept thinking about the Crystalline Entity which is basically a giant snowflake in space, haha - but giving us yet another Origin story of some sort is a bit tiring. I'm not trying to say that I did not like the fact that we have a plant with an Android population, that is cool. After all we discovered that there are dimensions where life is photonic, so I'm fine with that. New lives and new civilisation and boldly going was Trek's motto from the very beginning... but with this twist they gave Data a sort of "explorer of the organics" theme that I find hard to accept in a personal level. I was always so fascinated by the story of him being the "Pinocchio" of Star Trek, but this new discovery of synths are making quite a turn in he understanding if his existence for me and I'm not really feeling comfortable with it.
Finding out a bit more about the Abmonition was good too, but I could not help watching the whole monologue about 3-4 times and still not getting to understand what we are talking about. The synths are being explorers are clear, than they are giving help, but then their help is their extension just confused the living machine in me. Not to mention there was way too much stock footage and cheesy starfleet logo's were presented that I did find cheap for a production like Picard - including the fox scene was deeply gross, but we been through a few gross thing in Trek since Discovery, so I take this is how it works now.
Somehow I was annoyed by Narek's appearance in this one again. I mean he supposed to be here, but I cannot trust him and I think during the show I was secretly wishing that they should have got rid of him a long time ago. His presence was just a bit forced for me again and the interaction with Sutra was also quite sadistic - mainly from Sutra's side.
Voyager Going Strong
I love the fact that Voyager as a series get some really serious love from this show. Jeri Ryan's performance is great and there's soo much Seven in her. Also the way she appears and finally we hear that fantastic music cue just made me listen to that fantastic scene a few times. she changed a lot and in some point and I'm happy for her, but the revenge side of her is too much for my taste.
LOVE YOU Too?
I probably should not ask this question, but I feel I must... when Raffi told Jean-Luc she love him I was first just thought that she is loving him as a friend, but JL's face was quite shocked and I was confused. Specially when he returned the saying "I love you too" that I still don't know where to place in my head. I mean there's a difference between "love you" and "love you." I say "love you" to my wife often as I really do love her from the deepest and most meaningful way... and I do love my fiends as well, but of course he affection is a bit more moderate. In this case I don't really understand what was the indication of the whole scene. Did they just appreciated their level of friendship or there's really something going on between the two? Picard having his emotions blocked towards people is one thing, but this was different... hope to find out more about this in the next episode.
Data Sutra - aka The Soong Story
Let me start with Jana's sister Sutra who is - aside being a Data like synth - also having some "ultra android " capabilities with the Vulcan Mind Meld techniques that I still find somewhat strange. I know they been talking about some higher technical intellect (smells Kahn to me) I still cannot understand how can one do Vulcan Mind Meld when it's not a biological mind. I'm sure though that there's an explanation for this and it is sci-fi... or just "fi" right now, but I'm sure there's someone who can explain this to me. :)
There we have a new Dr Soong, whose identity is very strange to me. No offence, but I think Brent Spiner did not sell the character to me at all in this episode. I bought him as Data, he was amazing in the first episode. i bought him as Lore and Akin Soong, but Inigo Soong... not really. His character felt effortless in he screen and quite a person who has Reg Barclays personality aside being a genius. Also that little "creating the body is my forte" sounds quite fishy as well. A lot of people say that he is not Soong, that he is Lore. There were certainly moments when I was thinking about the same myself too, and specially with he body hat Lore could just build for himself and have his memory downloaded or transferred to new one sound like a plan that he could have done. But at this point we don't know... he can be very much a hologram or Q at this moment. :D
Back to the plate, the episode did not impress me. All I've got is something that looks familiar, but was hard to digest and did not taste as good as the previous dish I've had. Yes, I'm still talking about Brussels Sprouts, haha. The episode felt forced and odd after seeing soo many great story development until this one and frankly I just hope that the finale will make up for this one. The moments when we see Seven along with the Voyager theme song and also finding out that there's a Spot II makes up for the episode, but at this point I could have done without this one... _\\//